With three of the four provisions deep-sixed by the Supreme Court, we in Arizona are left with the one provision certain to have us in court again all too soon — the Justices upheld the requirement that police check immigration status of folks the police stop or arrest.
Which means? Three things. One is the Supremes said to AZ, “It’s a federal responsibility.” Tough luck, Jan and Co.
Second? Here come the racial profiling lawsuits. The one provision left standing is currently constitutional, in part because the Supremes have no cases from which to judge the profiling nature of that provision; soon enough, there’ll be a few instances, and then here we go again: lawsuits against AZ, defending those, and off to the federal court system one more time.
Meanwhile, will the Supreme Court’s split decision relaunch Russell Pearce’s moribund political career? Not in Mesa. The voters there seem weary of his antics and tirades and political associations. So Pearce might have a national career as an immigration extremist, but his future here in Arizona is limited to obscure later-night radio shows on even more obscure radio stations listened to by only his band of true believers.
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.